BBC One Renews ‘The Paradise’ For Second Season

By Patrick Munn - October 31st, 2012 @ 12:01 am UTC
Category: News / UK News

BBC One’s period drama series The Paradise has been renewed for a second season of 8 episodes, which is set to air in 2013.

The Paradise is an adaptation of French novel by Emile Zola and follows the ambitious and big hearted Denise Lovett who arrives in the City to find work. She finds a job at The Paradise, the first ever department store.The store provides the catalyst for her rags-to-riches story as she falls in love with the exhilarating and dangerous charms of the modern world and her eyes are opened to a whole new world of possibilities.

The drama series is produced by BBC Drama Productions and features a large cast which includes Emun Elliott, Joanna Vanderham, Elaine Cassidy, Sarah Lancashire, Matthew McNulty, Peter Wight, David Hayman, Stephen Wight, Sonya Cassidy, Ruby Bentall, Finn Burridge, Patrick Malahide, Olivia Hallinan and Mark Bonnar. The Paradise, which is halfway through its first season, is already a hit, averaging a consolidated audience of 5.9 million/22.5% share in its Tuesday 9pm time-slot. The show’s first season is set to wrap its run on Tuesday November 13th.

Speaking of the renewal of The Paradise, Danny Cohen, Controller of BBC One, said:The Paradise has been the biggest new drama series on British television so far this Autumn, and it has been really interesting to experiment with period drama on BBC One beyond the traditional Sunday night slot. I’m delighted that the show will be returning for a second series, and can assure its loyal following that there are still some dramatic twists to come in the three episodes still to air this autumn.”

While series creator Bill Gallagher, added: “I’m very grateful that there’s such a strong audience for The Paradise, and for the terrific support the BBC has given to the show to make that possible. It’s such a great ensemble of actors and such a rich group of characters that it’s an exciting prospect to have eight more episodes to make.”

TVWise’s UK TV Scorecard has been updated with this new information.

Comments (106)

October 31, 2012
hughelva williamson

Just love THE PARADISE by the BBC . can ‘t wait every Tuesday for it to come on at 9pm.

Brilliant Show. Glad there is another Series.

November 3, 2012

I love the paradise and i am also very happy their will be a second series :) thanks guys

November 10, 2012

iam so glad there will be another series of the paradise .I can not wait for it ,iam going to get the dvd when its out in December the 10th pre ordered my know thankyou bbc

November 12, 2012
Rose Norman

Thank you BBC for a great show. I have enjoyed every episode. Well done ! So glad there going to be a second series.

November 13, 2012
Carrol wyatt

Amazing series so glad to know there is to be another one :-)

November 13, 2012
Dawn Goodwin

Just watched the last episode of this wonderful series. Well done BBC1. So looking forward to the 2nd series.

November 13, 2012
Gail Lambert

Really really pleased that there is another series of the Paradise – love it I do. !!!!!!!!!!

November 13, 2012
Carole Grady

Fantastic series! Well worthy of another full series…….makes Downton appear positively boring!!! Tuesdays won’t be the same!

November 13, 2012

Great that there’s another series shame we have to wait until next year. Hope I don’t miss the it’s new start

November 13, 2012
Ellen Hyde

The wonderful series. Love it so much. Can’t wait wait for series two!

November 13, 2012

I have just finished watching the last episode of this series and I’m delighted to here theirs a new series I couldnt bare to think that it was the last one

November 13, 2012
Nezam shah

Fantastic! Well worth every penny of my tv lisence, what am I going to do on a Tuesday night. Well done BBC.

November 13, 2012
Sue R

Thanks you for a brilliant series! Tuesday evenings will not be the same now The Paradise has come to an end. Thak you BBC for bringing us a second series in 2013. Can’t wait.

November 13, 2012

I love the paradise, can’t wait for it to come back in 2013 just hope we don’t have to wait to long!

November 13, 2012
Sophie Kurton

Hi I love it can not wait till 2013 now to find out what happens
to John and Denise. Wedding bells and baby’s ??!
Best thing on Tv ever……..

November 13, 2012
pat lindley-norris

The paradise is one of the best series i have ever watched,I am so glad their is going to be another series i cant wait.

November 13, 2012

So pleased there is to be a second series, will be lost on Tuesday nights now, looked forward to it so much. Well done BBC and all the cast magnificent!

November 13, 2012

Just watched the last episode of the first series and had to check if a second series was commissioned. So so pleased to find that there is. Absolutely love this programme.

November 13, 2012
Michael Gray

Romantic imtreeg hooked well directed costumes set acting 10/10

November 13, 2012

I am so glad there is going to be a second series i will have to watch series one again on catch up i love it :)

November 13, 2012

I think that the Paradise is my favourite ever programe, it is so captivating and charming. I have looked forward to it every Tuesday and I am thrilled that there will be a second series. I really don’t think that Miss Glendenning is going to slip away quietly but hopefully ture love will prevail. Please don’t make us wait too long to see what happens.

November 13, 2012
Marissa Hunt

Just watched the last episode and can’t wait for the second series to start. Please make it as soon as possible, best period drama I have watched in a long time.

November 13, 2012
Ruth phelps

Loved the paradise can’t wait till the next series really I joyed it

November 13, 2012
Ruth phelps

Loved the paradise can’t wait till the next series

November 13, 2012
Emmaclaire Isherwood

Great series, am so glad there will be another, as good as Downton! Can’t wait for another series

November 13, 2012
Mr And Mrs Smith

What an absolutely delightful series. We must have more! We are addicted to this show. Thank you thank you for planning a second season. We are finally happy to pay the TV licence. :-)
It is so refreshing to see such a wholesome show with romance and moral dilemmas, perfectly cast. This show could run and run without losing its charm because it takes us back to a sweet and gentle time even though there is a monster or two. The love between Denise and Moray could be tested and followed till the cows come home.

November 13, 2012
Emma smith

ah what a wonderful series!!!! love the acting beautiful costumes and sets ! Am so glad to hear there will be another series!!!

November 14, 2012
Tina Toivela

Absolutely loved The Paradise and couldn’t wait for the next episode. Great that a second series is planned. The ending was left so that it could continue. Well done BBC.

November 14, 2012

Wonderful wonderful adaptation and story telling – the best romantic drama ever – fabulous cast – So glad there will be more delight next year

November 14, 2012

This is a fantastic series one of the best i have watched in many years.I am so pleased a second series has been commissioned.Bring on next year!!!.

November 14, 2012

well done bbc , just watched the last one , will buy the dvd so i can watch it all over again, cant wait till 2013 for the next one , my tuesdays will never be the same , please make it longer next time , my house goes silent when it on , the kids are told to quiet the dog is put out and the old man makes the tea and answers the door as not to disturd me when im watching this fantastic program ,more more more,

November 14, 2012

Omg I’m sooooo happy there is a second series I usually hate those sort of dramas however I was hooked within minutes of watching the first episode it’s going to be sooo hard to wait for the next series to come out and find out what happens to Denise sooo excited. Missing my Tuesdays already ;( please come back on soon!!!!!!!!!

November 14, 2012
Gordon Penny

Brilliant series that had me on the edge of my seat in this last episode tonight !! I phoned my cousin up after it ended and we were saying ..SURELY that cant have ended yet ? Thank god it continues, but such a long wait !! Best series on tv for a long time, in fact the best one for me since the black and white Forsite saga back in the late sixties I think. Such amazing chemistry with the 2 main actors who played Denise and Moray.

November 14, 2012

Fantastic series. It is nice to have quality shows that are wholesome and entertaining. Can’t wait until next season.

November 14, 2012

so pleased there will be a second series :-)

November 14, 2012
Mandy S

So pleased to hear another series is to be back for 2013 ., cant wait , a great programme love it :-)

November 14, 2012

Best drama I have ever watched cant wait to watch series 2 made me look forward Tuesdays !

November 14, 2012

I didn’t start watching the Paradise until the 6th episode….however, it left me hooked and I immediately caught up on the earlier episodes via BBC iPlayer!! Loved the show so much & delighted to hear there will be a second series. I’ll definitely be watching this programme again…..and will really miss it….bring on 2013!!!!

November 14, 2012
Laura Filkins

Wow what a fantastic drama, Lovett Lovett Lovett lol, was so disappointed to find out it was the last episode last night but thrilled to find there shall be another, roll on 2013 yippee!!

November 14, 2012

Wow, what an excellent series! Such rich characters, fantastic cast and great actors. I am so looking forward to the next series. Well done everyone who contributed! 10/10!

November 14, 2012

Oh my goodness I love The Paradise, I can’t wait until 2013….hurry up. Have told all my friends and now they are catching up on iplayer……well done!

November 14, 2012

So pleased there is going to be another Series!!!! I love it!!

November 14, 2012

Loved the paradise and looking forward to the next series of it the best programme of the week on the TV.

November 14, 2012

Yay!! Im so glad there’s another series I absolutely love this Drama fabulous cast!! Superbly acted the love story was amazing cant wait till 2013!!! more more of the same please woohoo!!!

November 14, 2012

2013????? Waaaah….I can’t wait!!

November 14, 2012

Can not wait for series 2 to come enjoyed every single episode of series 1 roll on 2013

November 14, 2012

It’s been great watching the 8 episodees am absolutly hooked, feel like in another world. Can’t wait for the next series to start. Love it! Love it!

November 14, 2012

The Paradise is the best drama ever the series could not be faulted in any way great cast and
settings. Next series can’t come quick enough for me can we have more episodes

November 14, 2012
anne aspinall

the paradise is a great show and i am glad that ther is aother season comign out in 2013 and i cannot wait till i see it and i hope we will not have to wait long

November 14, 2012
Holly Roynon lambert

What an amazing series…. Can’t wait for the next and hopefully many more series to come. I’ve rushed home from work eevery Tuesday to watch it then watch it again with my mum on Wednesdays. Roll on 2013. When will the DVD be available I already know 4 people who want it

November 14, 2012
sarah f

Absolutely love this programme. It is the best programme i have ever seen. The romance was brilliant and Mr Moray is gorgeous. Cant wait for next series

November 14, 2012

Well Done BBC, worth every penny we pay for fee,
Great Cast, heart warming family TV
We will miss our tuesday fix……roll on series 2

November 14, 2012

What an amazing series, fab acting, fab story, fab sets, I absolutely loved it, please don’t ruin the next series by letting the rich girl win, let true love win for once. Its much better than downtown, and I loved that.
The love stories were great.

November 14, 2012
leonard zelig

So glad a second series has been commisioned – loved the show , loved the actors,loved the dialogue and loved the music – such a welcome relief from all this reality rubbish !!! well done BBC

November 14, 2012

The best programme on TV in a long time! Well done BBC and everyone involved in its creation! Can’t wait for the next season, just wish it was sooner!!

November 14, 2012
Amelia Dakin

How enchanting is The Paradise? Pure escapism, undying love, misplaced loyalty and intrigue- Tuesdays are going to be so dull now that it’s finished. Can’t wait to see the downfall of Catherine Glendenning in 2013

November 14, 2012

Thanks to the bbc for such a great show! i have watched every episode and thoroughly enjoyed it all. im glad that there will be another series

November 14, 2012

Well done BBC, a really excellent drama – cant wait for the second series, such compelling watching.

November 14, 2012
Peter Green

What a fabulous series and so beautifully acted and cast !
I hope it does not end with series 2 !
Or maybe I’m greedy !
Well done BBC !

November 14, 2012
Charlotte :D

I absoulutly love the paradise!!! I’m only 15 and I think its the best thing on television I wish it was more than 8 episodes but it was a delight to have that little piece of heaven on a tuesday night. I am so glad that theres another series in 2013 hope you advertise on tv so I know when its on!!! :D :D :D



November 14, 2012
Shakila awan

I loved the paradise soooo much and miss it too on Tuesdays and cannot wait to see what happens. It’s so beautiful to see true love, so very touching. Well done BBC

November 15, 2012
jennie g

soo glad there is to be another series of this wonderfull period drama have loved every mkinute of it well done bbc

November 15, 2012

this is such an amazing program! Beats all the other soaps. So so so happy there is going to be another series, wished it wouldn’t end. You should make more programs like this. Plus don’t keep us waiting to long other wise we will forget what happened last time :) !!!!!!

November 15, 2012

Yaaaaaay my Tuesdays will not be the same till it comes back on !!!! I am so pleased there’s going to be a second series can’t wait to see how Denise and morays love story will unfold thankyou BBC for a great programme :0)

November 15, 2012

OMG so pleased there’s going to be a second series, hopes there’s a third and fourth at least, it’s best thing on BBC at the moment. watched the last episode of the series twice ( so far) almost cried at the end


November 15, 2012

Thrilled to hear there will be a second series!! This series is far superior than Downtown Abbey!! Well done BBC!!

November 15, 2012

An absolutely brilliant gentle period drama that is a little bit different. I was engaged with every character and can see the potential to run this for many series to come. Get the writing right and you are on to an absolute winner here. Well done BBC.
And let’s face it girls, who hasn’t fallen a little bit in love with Moray!

November 15, 2012

What a great series!i’m just so sorry that it has ended.Can’t wait for the next series.Please give plenty of notice for the start date so that I can record it if I am out of the country.Yes i agree with Sallie who has not fallen a little bit in love with Moray!

November 15, 2012

So good even hubbie stayed awake.

November 15, 2012

I very seldom watch the television but Paradise has been a ‘must’ for me.

The BBC is often criticised but credit where credit is due. A fantastic drama with twists and turns. The best series by far for a very long time.

Looking forward to the second series but in the meantime will go back to doing my ironing on a Tuesday evening!

Thank you BBC.

November 15, 2012

What a delicious programme …

Please do not take too long to make/air series 2 I cannot wait to see the handsome Emun Elliott return as Moray to let true love conquer all … (Swoon)

November 16, 2012

Such a charming production….beautiful costumes and sets ,and each actor is totally credible as the character they portray.
A stella cast.

Moray best watch his back….the lady is not going to be pleased.
Something very similar happened to me .Nevertheless,I am very pleased he jilted Catherine!!

November 16, 2012

Brilliant series! I am so looking forward to series 2 :0)

November 16, 2012
Judith Shaw

What will I do on a Tuesday evening now? !!!!! I loved it, it put Downton Abbey in the shadow!
So pleased another series in 2013.

November 16, 2012

The Paradise

Completely fell in love with this show… can’t believe you are going to leave us in suspense for a year! But we will wait if we have to with anticipation.
Good work, what a fabulous show. Wonderful beautiful and captivating, a true escape for an hour. Thank you to all who where involved… Well Done!

November 16, 2012

What a fab programme. So romantic, soooo romantic. Love it.

Loved the way the series ended, I’m not sure I want a second series, I like the way it ended, love wins out without endless twists and turns that undermine true love with mistrust and insecurity.

Well done BBC, when it does come back I’d rather watch Moray and Denise struggle to start again than for teh pair to be split by financial ‘sense’.


November 17, 2012

What a wicked series. I can’t wait for the second series to begin.

November 19, 2012
Sarah Knights

Tv at it’s very best. Sunday night on a Tuesday :) Eagerly awaiting the second series.

November 20, 2012

Absolutely loved it! BBC does it right!! I can not wait until season two!! Why only make 8 episodes in one season!!! I want more! Does this mean we have to wait until fall 2013? Does anyone know when it will air in 2013? I honestly can’t wait!! Wonderfully acted, incredible set design, great love story. Thanks for a wonderful production!

November 20, 2012
Dale light

Cant believe the paradise has finished absolutely gutted !! Tuned in to watch tonight and realised it had finished. Didn’t say so last week? Cannot wait till next week love it more than Downton and that’s good,
hurry up and get series 2 on !!!

November 20, 2012
Flora W

Emile Zola was a genius and I love his books but The Paradise is even better than the book, A Lady’s Delight! I was so surprised at the quality of this and Joanna Vanderham is so good it’s weird- if I hadn’t recognised her from previous things, I would’ve called her Denise for actually seeming like the general character. Thanks to all the BBC for such a great Tuesday evening programme- sometimes Sundays are too full- it would’ve clashed with Downton Abbey. Anyway thanks for making a second series just 1 request: please keep the paradise on BBC iplayer for two more months??!

November 20, 2012
Kat woman

Thank you BBC. This is such fantastic news. Iam totally in love with The Paradise and all its amazing actors. Dont take too long to make this delightful “escape” series :)

November 22, 2012
Cath White

Hurrah ! SO glad another series planned, I am SO pleased. Thanks BBC :D

November 24, 2012
Linda Johnson

Really enjoyed the paradise and i am so pleased your doing a second series, there’s a lot of unfinished buisness to sort out, and some shocked faces, cant wait.

November 28, 2012

Yippee! A 2nd series has been confirmed, I am so delighted.
This is THE BEST drama series I have watched EVER.
I was so excited for a Tuesday night to come round, then felt so sad at how fast 8 weeks went by.

Roll on 2013!

December 2, 2012

What a wicked drama, I felt like I was there behind the scenes . I can’t wait for another series. It’s got to be one of the best series that I have seen in a long while, well done the BBC.

December 8, 2012
Kelly Mawbey

The Paradise is an absolute drama that I can not wait for my Tuesday evenings aren’t the same without it.. Can not wait until 2013, Please come soon. I can’t wait for the new series this show has got to be one of the best programs on BBC, Well done to the makers, the actors and BBC. I absolutely enjoyed the first season it was brilliant. Just can’t wait until an actual date comes out online so I know when to turn my Free view back on to watch hit on that Tuesday.

December 11, 2012

Soooooo sad to see the series finish I have not been able to bring myself to delete the final episode from my Sky+ box!!!! When will the 2nd Season air in 2013, please don’t make us wait until September! I could watch it all year….. Beats the misery of soap operas any day.

December 13, 2012

Thank you BBC i love this serie!!!

December 28, 2012

I am a big fan of the book and when i heard that the BBC was making a TV series i was really excited. I love it so much and to see the characters brought to life was simply amazing. Although the series was different from the book in some ways, it was still wonderful.
I was a fan of Emun Elliot before The Paradise, and i am now an even bigger fan of his. He is an amazing actor and he plays Moray exceptionally.
For Christmas i had the DVD as a gift of my mother and i was so happy that i cried. I absolutely love it and cannot wait for the second series!! Waiting until late 2013 will be tough though.
Thank you BBC for such an amazingly wonderful beautiful drama!!

January 5, 2013
terry basson

Outrageously stunning and effective entertainment!
What a joy that the BBC is bringing back more of what we wait to watch with passion.

January 22, 2013

I love The Paradise because it is more romantic than street dance films.
Moray is amazing store owner, Katherine just looks beautiful and denise is wonderul and the same to the other cast members.

February 3, 2013

Omg….I love this programme…hurry up next series…….pleeeeeaaassssseee!!!!

February 16, 2013
Wendy Nelson

My husband and I adore watching The Paradise on ABC Saturday night from Melbourne Australia. The characters are just fantastic – Only the Brits know how to make great period dramas – keep up the great
work. Can’t wait for 2nd series to start

February 20, 2013

Wow what a wonderful program, I get lost in the television when it’s on, Denise and moray are amazing together what a super couple, I do hope that they stay together get married and have babies, moray didn’t suit Catherine or Clara, Denise is perfect for him… I wish the BBC would make two series a year just to keep us going as it would never lose its sparkle… Well done BBC best thing I’ve ever seen on TV.

March 18, 2013
Evie Caswell

Its a beautiful series I adore it the actors and actresses are fantastic can’t wait for the next one and im sure alot of other people can’t as well.

Thank you BBC

March 23, 2013

Marvellous series – just seen the end of series one in Australia. Really looking forward to series two.

March 23, 2013

OMG just saw the end in Australia. I love it!! Can’t wait till the second series!! Ahhhhhhhh!

March 23, 2013

Fantastic. Come on BBC lets see the second series. Just finished in Australia and we want more

March 25, 2013

Just watch series here in Australia can’t wait for season two when are ou releasing.

March 27, 2013
Hetty Choy

We love this show here in Australia, the chemistry between John Moray and Denise , Wow
Can’t wait for the second series , and Emun , he is just gorgeous
i have just ordered the DVD of series oe so that we can watch it again

March 27, 2013

How fabulous is this show! The last episode of Season 1 has just aired in Australia – can’t wait for the second series. I can honestly say I have never been so captivated with a show – great cast and beautifully put together. Only the Brits can do television this well!

Thank you BBC

April 1, 2013
Christine Strapp

Loved this show even more than Downton Abbey . Can’t wait for the next series and will buy this wonderful show that draws you in and has you waiting anxiously for the next episode . Loved every minute . Thanks Bbc .

April 2, 2013

The last episode of series 1 was on last night and we are hanging out for the next series. We seem to have to wait for so long in Australia.

November 18, 2013

Great show! I watched it on PBS in the USA and will anxiously wait for Season 2

December 2, 2013


I just started watching Pardise about 2 months ago- the story finally showed the couple admitting their feelings for each other (even though he was set to marry the rich spoiled daughter of the banker ). And it went off the air! I was watching it evverry Tuesday on PBS – Why did it go off the air? Is it coming back on ?